Gilbert retains Piemonte title

Thu, 14 Oct 16:36:00 2010

Philippe Gilbert retained his Giro del Piemonte title with victory in Cherasco, Northern Italy

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The Omega Pharma rider pulled away in the last kilometre to beat Italy’s Leonardo Bertagnoli (Androni) and Denmark’s Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank).

"I felt good," Gilbert told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I was able to finish off the team's good work."

It was a good response from Gilbert after his World Championships disappointment where he attacked on the final lap but was forced out at the finish to come 18th.

"I felt just as good at the Worlds, but I can’t always win when in optimum condition."

The Belgian will start Saturday’s final Classic of the season, the Giro di Lombardia, as the clear favourite.

Giro del Piemonte

Giro del Piemonte result:

1. Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma Lotto)

2. Leonardo Bertagnolli (Androni Diquigiovanni)

3. Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank)

4. Filippo Pozzato (Team Katusha)

5. Dries Devenyns (Quick Step)

6. Mauro Finetto (Liquigas Doimo)

7. Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago CSF)

8. Bauke Mollema (Rabobank)

9. Rigoberto Uran (Caisse d'Epargne)

10. Daniele Pietropolli (Lampre Farnese)

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